Duff McKagan And Izzy Stradlin Stream New Song
(Radio.com) In March, we reported that a mini-Guns N’ Roses reunion was taking place as Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin were playing new music together. Now, it appears that the project has a little more direction. With the release of a new book by McKagan, titled How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions), the author has also announced a new three-song EP of the same title. Stradlin will appear with McKagan on the EP along with fellow Seattle musician Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, resulting in a sort of super group without a name, recording as simply Duff McKagan. The title track from the EP has been released and it is every bit the barroom, beer-soaked blues jam that might be expected considering the pedigree involved. As for when you can hear the rest, it will be released along with the book on May 12.
AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Speaks Out For First Time Since Guilty Plea
(hennemusic) Phil Rudd wants to return to AC/DC, but the drummer says he’s been unable to reach anyone from the band since his legal troubles began in New Zealand last fall. “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus… I’ve had no contact with anybody,” Rudd tells Australia’s A Current Affair. “I’m very disappointed, yeah. But that’s life,” adding, “You know who your friends are, really.” After Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust” with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group’s world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella. “I’m sure they’re having a great old time,” says Rudd. “I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great.” Last month, Rudd pleaded guilty to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant at a hearing in Tauranga District Court; he could face up to seven years in jail when he returns for his June 26 sentencing. “You make your own mistakes and it was a mistake of the charges. We all make mistakes,” explains the drummer. “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”
Sammy Hagar Launching Television Series
(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar has revealed that he has been filming for an upcoming new television series called “Sammy Hagar’s Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip” for the AXS TV network. Having wrapped up the first leg of a tour with his latest supergroup, The Circle – featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson – Hagar says he recently filmed footage at the band’s May 2 show at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. “We also filmed the Rebellion show and hanging out backstage, warm-up routine, etc. for my upcoming AXS TV show called ‘Sammy Hagar’s Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip'”, writes Hagar on his blog. “The concept is that I go to people’s hometown and interview them, jam with them etc., or you go with me on a rock ‘n roll road trip and see my routine. I can’t tell you when it’s going to start being shown yet, but I will keep you up and current.” Hagar already has several episodes in the can. “So far I’ve interviewed Tommy Lee and jammed with him and Mikey at Tommy’s house, walking the Sunset strip etc,” says the Red Rocker. “I’ve also filmed with Mickey Hart and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead in the San Francisco area, along with Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, a neighbor of mine in Marin.
Deep Purple Top Rock Hall Public Poll
(Classic Rock) Deep Purple have topped a Rolling Stone magazine readers’ poll of the top 10 acts that should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016. Almost 50 years since they formed in Hertford, readers named Deep Purple as the act they most want to see honored by the Cleveland-based institution with close ties to the magazine. Publisher Jan Wenner serves as the chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, which oversees all elements of the organization. Rolling Stone says: “You can’t blame the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominating committee for not bringing Deep Purple in. They’ve put them on the ballot several times over the past few years. It probably has something to do with the fact that the vast, vast majority of voters are American. If the people of Europe had the chance to vote, Deep Purple would have been in years ago.” Electric Light Orchestra land at No. 2 on the list, with Rolling Stone suggesting “maybe ELO were a little poppy and eclectic for the tastemakers of their day, but we have a feeling they’ll make it into the Hall Of Fame in the next few years.”
Rolling Stones Streaming Unreleased Extended Version Of ‘Bitch’
(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are premiering an unreleased extended version of “Bitch” as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, “Sticky Fingers.” Due June 8 (June 9 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selction of album tracks, including an alternative version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of “Bitch”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers”; an acoustic take on “Wild Horses”, and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler.” The Super Deluxe edition will also present “Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!”, a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK ‘exile’ period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band’s Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971. The “Sticky Fingers” reissue will be available two weeks after The Rolling Stones launch a 15-date stadium tour of North America on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Whitesnake Release ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ Video
(hennemusic) Whitesnake have released a music video of the classic Deep Purple track, “Soldier Of Fortune”, as a preview of their upcoming May 19 release, “The Purple Album.” It’s the fourth tune issued in advance of the record, following “Stormbringer”, “Burn” and “Lay Down Stay Down.” The group’s 12th album sees frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on: “Burn” (1974), “Stormbringer” (1974) and “Come Taste The Band” (1975). In addition to Coverdale, Whitesnake’s current lineup includes guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi and drummer Tommy Aldridge. Whitesnake will launch a North American tour on May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington.
YouTuber Plays Metallica’s Enter Sandman Backwards
(TeamRock Radio) YouTuber and metalhead Rob Scallon is deep in his MAY-tallica project and has recently launched this weird yet brilliant rendition of Enter Sandman. Rob played and sang the song backwards (which isn’t easy) then reversed the footage so the song plays forwards AND IT WORKS. Plus there’s a load of silly string, apples, pretzels, polystyrene and more to keep your eyes occupied while your ears are confused. And how did it sound while being recorded? Well luckily Rob has released the backwards forwards footage too! Bravo for the time and dedication, we struggle with palindromes.
Black Sabbath Song Helped Bill Ward In The Hospital
(Classic Rock) Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says the band’s track Cornucopia helped him through his hospital stints in 2013. During his time in hospital, Ward listened to Cornucopia from 1972 album Vol. 4 every day. He insists he’s fit enough to play the song again, but hearing it on his iPod at the time was therapeutic. Celebrating his 67th birthday on his Rock 50 radio show, Ward says: “On a personal note, when I was having some problems in the hospital in November and December – I’d gone through the operations, the first of the operations I had in November and December of 2013. “I had my iPod and the one song I played practically every day was Cornucopia. It really helped me along to listen to it. I was in pretty bad shape, and I wanted to listen to what I used to be like, at that time. Now I can play it again, though. The bad days have gone. It’s passed. But it really helped me when I was in the hospital listening to that song on the iPod.
Montage Of Heck Director Slams Kurt Cobain Conspiracy Theories
(Classic Rock) Montage Of Heck director Brett Morgen is dismissing conspiracy theories over the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The documentary – released in UK and Ireland cinemas and on DVD/Blu-ray last month – had its US broadcast premiere on cable channel HBO on May 4, when Morgen spoke to The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth) about a small segment of fans who continue to believe Cobain was murdered, despite official police reports that ruled his April 5, 1994 death a suicide. Morgen says: “Prior to anyone seeing this film, the ‘Holocaust deniers,’ as I like to refer to them, started writing conspiracy theories about my movie. Now this is before anyone’s seen a frame. “These are people who supposedly like Kurt, I would think, and here’s a movie I’m making in which we’re gonna share with the world all this material about Kurt, and in fact we’re not even going into the last month of his life. “And so why would they then start writing conspiracy theories about my movie? And that tells you everything you need to know.”
The Who To Headline Glastonbury
(Classic Rock) The Who have been confirmed as headliners for this summer’s Glastonbury festival. The Who join already announced headliners Foo Fighters, who play on the Friday night. Glastonbury 2015 has already sold out. The veteran rockers will bring the curtain down on the Worthy Farm event as they headline on Sunday, June 28 – eight years after their first appearance at the festival. Frontman Roger Daltrey says: “It’s great to be ending this part of a 50-year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world. We’ll do our best to close this year’s event with a bang, unless of course the fireworks get wet.”
K.K. Downing Gives Approval Of His Judas Priest Replacement
(Classic Rock) Retired Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing says it would be hard to imagine a world without the band he helped form in Birmingham in 1969. Replaced by Richie Faulkner following his retirement in 2011, Downing has maintained a low profile, dividing his time between family, golf and music. Downing tells VH1’s That Metal Show: “Those guys have been pretty busy since I left the band. I’m glad that the Priest machine is still rolling, because it would be hard to imagine a world without Priest. And I think that’s good. And I’m glad Richie has taken up the baton and has allowed the band to carry on.” As for Redeemer Of Souls, Downing says he has yet to give it a complete listen. “I can’t say I heard the whole thing in its entirety yet, but when I get around to it, I will do that, for sure.”